The Gerber LMF II Infantry Knife is a good quality, versatile survival knife in the sub $100 category. This particular knife is considered to be the among the best bang for your buck when it comes to survival knifes.
We selected the Coyote Brown version for our review. The knife is well made and feels very sturdy in your hand. The rubber over-mold offers good grip in dry and wet conditions, though we have noticed the rubber over-mold can get nicked up with use, and is the first part to start showing wear. We don't feel this will affect its performance for its intended use and it is mostly cosmetic damage. Even using the included sheath will overtime damage the overmold as can be seen the photo below. The grip itself is shaped nicely for a positive and secure grip in several positions.
- Overmolded TPU glass-filled nylon handle designed for comfort to eliminate potential blistering
- Complete butt cap and tang separation by the handle's substrate material to reduce shock absorption when used as a hammer and provide electrical insulation from the blade
- Ergonomically designed grooves and lashing holes for use as a spear
- Model: 22-01629
- Overall Length: 10.59"
- Blade Length: 4.84"
- Weight: 11.4 oz.
- Blade Style: Drop Point
- Blade Material: 420HC Stainless
- Blade Type: Serrated
- Handle Material Glass-filled nylon with TPV overmold
- Sheath Material: Ballistic nylon with fire retardant coating
- Made in USA
We have used the knife for the past several months for a variety of tasks, including cutting, chopping, and digging and the Gerber LMF II has held up pretty well. It's blade resists marring, and holds its edge fairly well. When the esge is starting to dull, the integrated sharpener in the sheaf will bring back a usable sharp edge quickly.
I liked that the included sheath has Molle compatible mounting provisions, as well as thigh and ankle straps. I attached the sheath to my EDC bag in a position that allows quick and easy access without even needing to remove the backpack. The sheath is very durable constructed, and provides a very positive grip on the knife when it is holstered.
Another very nice feature is that the handle provides a divot on both sides and several holes so that it can easily be lashed onto a pole and used as a spear. The rubber texture of the grip, combined with the divet and a tight lash makes for a fairly secure attachement.
Of the two knifes we purchased for review, we did manage to break the impact pommel off of the handle of one of them after repeatedly throwing the knife. The pommel broke off right where the shock absorbing substrate seperates the hardened pommel from the rest of the knife tang.
Overall this is not the nicest knife we have seem, but considering it can be had for about $70, it is a great value, and a very good knife at that price point.